‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Fans Are Convinced Maggie Is Destined to Follow Richard Webber down the Road to Alcoholism

Season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy is proving to be just what fans were asking for. Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) half-sister, Maggie (Kelly McCreary), realizes that her great love is surgery—not Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). Fans hate her with Jackson, so they rejoiced over that break-up. 

Viewers are predicting a new storyline for Maggie that will give her character the depth they are looking for. Let’s take a look at why fans think Maggie is going to follow her father, Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.), down the road to alcoholism.

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Alcoholism is at the forefront of the storylines on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16

Richard Webber’s storyline this season is circling alcoholism. An old friend of his from Alcoholics Anonymous—Gemma (Jasmine Guy)— is back in his life. She now works at the same hospital as him, Pac North, and is causing issues between him and Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen). 

Gemma’s AA sponsor recently passed away, and Richard supported Gemma in her loss. Now, Richard’s niece, Sabie, tragically died after reappearing in his life—Gemma is there for him.

“Maggie is going to become an alcoholic like Richard was,” wrote one fan on Reddit, “and he will come to take care of her; he will be her mentor.”

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Fans are confident that if Maggie becomes an alcoholic, Richard will help her recover. Showrunner, Krista Vernoff already alluded to a significant episode for Richard, so this could be it.

“We have big episode for him this season,” Vernoff told TVLine. “I don’t feel like he’s quite been given his due.”

With alcoholism as a focal point of the show this season, it is highly plausible that Richard helps Maggie after she hits rock bottom. This storyline could lead to the massive episode for Richard.

Maggie’s drinking and mood-swings are over the top

With all of the exciting things that happened in the latest episode—November 14, 2019— of Grey’s Anatomy, some fans may have missed an essential detail about Maggie. 

The woman is binge drinking in the middle of the day at a hotel bar. We know there often is a lot of drinking on the show. These surgeons deal with a lot of stress daily, so it’s not surprising we see them at a bar after work.

However, Maggie’s drinking looks like more than just a few after-work drinks. She is already drunk when Jackson helps her home. Instead of stopping, she continues drinking when she arrives home. 

After Jackson almost kisses her, she throws him out and screams that she never wants to see him again. Although that was probably a normal response to a run-in with an ex-boyfriend, it could imply more.

“Exhibiting signs of irritability and extreme mood swings” are a common sign of alcoholism, according to the Alcohol Rehab Guide.

Fans weigh in on Maggie’s excessive drinking

“I think she could become an alcoholic,” wrote one Redditor. “It runs in the family.” Richard is a recovering alcoholic, and Maggie is his daughter.

“Now that would be a good plot for Maggie,” another fan replied. “So much more interesting than her relationship drama.”

“What got me the most in this episode was seeing a twinge of darkness in Maggie,” added another Reddit user, “which, for character development, has great potential.”

“Alcoholism can be an inherited marker/trait,” another fan wrote. “It could bring Maggie and Richard closer, and like you said, give Maggie a storyline.”

It sounds like most fans agree that Maggie continues to drink too much and that Richard comes to her rescue. Find out what happens next on Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday at 8 p.m. on ABC.